Half of the games have been played. What's ahead?
As it had been expected, only two teams proceeded without a loss past the the Cup Preliminaries midpoint. SKA Neftyanik and Yenisey are heading towards their common goal to make the play-offs. Yenisey have gotten 3 wins and 1 draw after four games, while our hometown team is at 2 wins, a tie and no loss after three under their belt. Our rivals have a more comfortable position in Goal Differential department, consequently they are more likely to get the highest spot in the rankings when a single round-robin is over.
In Game 1 SKA downed Uralskiy Trubnik, 9-4, without a hitch.. Erik Pettersson scored a hatty helping the team to propel past the 2019 Bronze Medal Winner.
In Game 2 SKA were to face the above mentioned Yenisey, a hosting dead cert favorite of the tournament. It was a real feast for the bandy fans eyes! In the early going Yenisey looked fresher and more aggressive than SKA, having achieved a two-goal advantage for a couple of times, each time our hometown team managing to catch up on the deficit and finally having been roused from the snooze. The spectacular roller-coaster ended up with a multi-scoring draw, 8-8.
In Game 3 SKA were slated to play against Kemerovo Kuzbass. At the onset of the game SKA let the goal in, but managed to "turn a tide" and scored three unanswered ones. Unfortunately, SKA scaled back their attacks, while Kuzbass showed off their magnificent skills in implementing corner shot standards, each time equalizing the score until Ishkeldin's and Pettersson's goals lifted our hometown team to a game win, 6-4.
We are having a day-off at the Russian Bandy Cup Preliminaries today. Tomorrow SKA will play a National Juniors Team, the result of which will not be officially tallied. The next two games versus Baikal Energia and Sibselmash will be of crucial importance for our team. Winning is a must to move on to the Finals.